SEM : Socially Engineered Machine
COLLABORATORS :: Anja Borowicz + Denise Hickey + Vanessa Maurice-Williams
Drawing Parallels between the design of the Control Room, systems of social control explored in Foucault’s Panopticon and techniques proposed by Augusto Boal in the Theatre of the Oppressed, the north cabin was transformed into a site for Socially Engineered Machine. Partly menacing, partly absurd SEM attempted to remotely control behaviour of passers-by.
Viewing slits and light beams, agents and instructions, controllers and controlled are all elements of a game where the spectator chooses how far he or she wishes to participate.
Control Room, north side of Redcliffe Bridge, Bristol, UK. Supported by Bristol City Council. 2014.